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August 16, 2006
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Services’ annual Ride and Drive event
The Honourable Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the Honourable Laurel C. Broten, Minister of the Environment, will join Toronto Fire Services’ Ride and Drive event showcasing two new custom-designed pumper apparatus - a new aerial apparatus and a new Bronto elevating platform apparatus. In conjunction with this year’s event, Toronto Fire Services is proud to announce that it is the first emergency service in North America to use Hybrid vehicles as emergency response cars.

Date: Friday, August 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd.

All attendees will have an opportunity to test drive Toronto Fire’s vehicles, including the new Toyota Highlander Hybrid response cars. There will be a National Fire Protection Association obstacle track and a road course set up for guests to test drive the fire apparatus. The event will include technical demonstrations about the current technology available to the fire service industry and the effectiveness of the new Hybrid vehicles. As the largest fire service in Canada, and the fifth largest in North America, Toronto Fire Services is proud of its role as a leader in the fire service industry. Innovations in Toronto Fire Services’ apparatus, designed by Toronto Fire’s Chief Mechanic, are being adopted by fire services across North America.

In addition to the opportunity to operate Toronto Fire Services apparatus, guests will have an opportunity to operate new computer-controlled pumps and have their Hybrid questions answered by both technical staff from Toyota Canada and the Toronto Fire Services Mechanical Division.

Media contact:

Mike Strapko
Acting District Chief
Toronto Fire Services
(cell) 416-338-0044



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